For transportation, Middle Michigan is ideally located in the center of the state and is connected to both the US 10 and US 127 expressways providing our businesses and residents essential access to national highway routes. The Mt. Pleasant Municipal Airport and the Clare Municipal Airport are both MDOT approved and provide a major transportation access to our area. Additionally, the Great Lakes Central Railroad runs through both Clare and Mt. Pleasant and gives manufacturers and other businesses a logistical advantage. The combination of tourism and transportation advantages make Middle Michigan an ideal location for business!
Mt. Pleasant Municipal Airport
The Mt. Pleasant Municipal Airport, which has been in operation since 1940, is a city owned, public use airport and is located in Northeast Mt. Pleasant. The airport, which covers an area of 344 acres and features one 5,000 foot paved runway and one 2,500 foot turf runway, serves business and tourist-related air traffic from all areas. The airport is categorized as a General Utility Airport and it can handle Lear Jets, King Airs, Cessna Citations and the Falcon 100 series of aircraft.
Runway 9-27: 5,000 x 100 feet; asphalt
Runway 5/23: 2,500 x 160 feet; turf
Main Office: Terminal Building
5453 E Airport Road
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
Office: (989) 772-2965
FAX: (989) 772-1253
Mobile: (231) 330-0724
Airport Info: UNICOM 123.00 MHz
Clare Municipal Airport
The Clare Municipal Airport (48D), which has been in operation since 1941, is located in the Southeast corner of Clare County. The airport, which covers an area of 200 acres and features two paved runways, is considered the “Gateway to the North” and services air traffic from all areas. The airport has a pilot school, a pilot’s lounge and an available courtesy van. The airport also advertises low fuel prices and holds several annual events that have large followings.
Runway 4/22: 3,500 x 75 feet
Runway 9/27: 2,500 x 75 feet
Office: Terminal Building
10725 S. Eberhart Ave.
Clare, MI 48617
Great Lakes Central Railroad
Businesses in Middle Michigan are served by the Great Lakes Central Railroad (GLC), which is headquartered in Owosso and is the largest regional railroad in Michigan with 400 miles of track running through both Isabella and Clare counties. The Great Lakes Central Railroad provides our industrial companies with dependable service and competitive rates in conjunction with their rail partners throughout North America. GLC provides rail to truck service through “transload” inbound to our industrial companies and truck to rail service through “transload” to customers all over the world. GLC also maintains rail facilities in Owosso, Clare, Cadillac and South Boardman in order to ensure reliable freight service to our area.
- GLC Freight Facts
Average line haul: 220 miles
Average tonnage per load: 100 tons
Current annual shipments: 14,000
Total gross ton miles of freight hauled annually: Over 350,000,000
For more information, check out their website at: www.glcrailroad.com
For more information about Michigan’s rail system, check out MDOT’s website at: http://www.michigan.gov/mdot/0,4616,7-151-22444—,00.html
Middle Michigan Expressways
Efficient transportation is essential to a growing economy. Both business transportation and tourism rely heavily on good roads to move people and products to and from locations. In Middle Michigan, we are fortunate to have two expressways crossing through Clare and Isabella counties. US 127 provides a major north-south artery and US 10 provides a major east-west artery through our area. With these expressways, you can travel to most parts of the Lower Peninsula in just a few hours. Our central location and outstanding access to expressways makes Middle Michigan an outstanding location for business and tourism travel!